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The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared | [Jonas Jonasson]

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared

Sitting quietly in his room in an old people's home, Allan Karlsson is waiting for a party he doesn't want to begin: his one-hundredth birthday party. Escaping through his bedroom window, into the flowerbed, Allan makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving criminals, several deaths, a suitcase full of cash, and incompetent but very human police.
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Publisher's Summary

Sitting quietly in his room in an old people's home, Allan Karlsson is waiting for a party he doesn't want to begin: his 100th birthday party. Escaping through his bedroom window, into the flowerbed, Allan makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving criminals, several deaths, a suitcase full of cash, and incompetent but very human police. As his escapades unfold, Allan's earlier life is revealed, and we discover that he played a key role behind the scenes in some of the momentous events of the 20th century.

This ‘imaginative, laugh-out-loud bestseller’ (Daily Telegraph) has sold more than two million printed copies.

©2009 Jonas Jonasson (P)2012 Strathmore Publishing Ltd

What the Critics Say

“Like Forrest Gump, Allan is an innocent with the knack of being in the right place at the right time. He has had a hand in everything from the Russian revolution to Reagan's Star Wars. Like Allan, the plot is pleasingly nimble and the book's endearing charm offers a happy alternative to the more familiar Nordic noir.” (The Guardian)

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  • lucinda
    Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
    2/11/14
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    "Great and gripping"

    Never judge a book by it title because this one is certainly worth a read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    Southampton, United Kingdom
    1/26/14
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    "Funny, easy listening with great characters"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared to be better than the print version?

    I loved the audio edition, well read and accents fitted characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How the main characters history unfolded itself.


    Which character – as performed by Peter Kenny – was your favourite?

    The 100 year old man !!


    Any additional comments?

    A brilliant creative book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ails
    UK
    1/21/14
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    "A nice story, a bit strange in the middle"

    I bought the actual book of this story and had read about half of it. As I was going on holiday I downloaded the audio version. However when I got to chapter 7/8 there was a chunk missing. Characters just appeared from nowhere without any explanation, rhymn nor reason of how they got there. I rewound it three times and listened again, thinking I might have nodded off ( a thing I quite often do) but no, Benny, the Beauty and the elephant were all there. Finished listening and quite enjoyed it, but sorry Audible the book is so much better. Narrator excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andrea
    Stratford Upon Avon, United Kingdom
    1/11/14
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    "Odd but funny"
    Would you listen to The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared again? Why?

    No, it grew on me and by the end I found it very funny and would recommend it but I think if it had been a book rather than audio I might not have persisted long enough to really get it. So once was enough.


    Have you listened to any of Peter Kenny’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No not heard him before but I liked his reading a lot.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Helen
    Stoke on Trent, United Kingdom
    12/11/13
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    "Such an unusual story"
    Would you listen to The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared again? Why?

    I found this to be a really interesting story. It is actually telling 2 parallel stories of the same mans life and they do begin to intertwine. I would read it again as I am sure I have missed elements.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters feel real within this story and you do begin to like them all and physically have to laugh out loud at their adventures.


    What about Peter Kenny’s performance did you like?

    Peter Kenny's voice is very pleasant to listen to some of the accents were very dodgy but this added to the quirkiness of the tale.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • david
    CHRISTCHURCH, United Kingdom
    12/11/13
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    "An Intriguing Read"
    Would you try another book written by Jonas Jonasson or narrated by Peter Kenny?

    I would definately try another by this author


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the100 year old man


    What about Peter Kenny’s performance did you like?

    the narration brought the characters into a colourful and vivid reality


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    Most definately


    Any additional comments?

    the twists and turns of the present and stories from the past intermingle in the vein of a modern Baron Munchousen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dawn
    Darlington, United Kingdom
    12/8/13
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    "A fun listen"
    What did you like most about The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared?

    Read the book during the summer and enjoyed it so much I decided to get the audiobook too. There are as many groans as there are laughs as you realise whats going to happen next as he gets himself into increasingly bizarre situations and meets some of the most famous names of the last century. Overall its a good listen for those times when you just want some light entertainment


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gerrard
    HARROW, United Kingdom
    7/18/13
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    "Excellent"
    Would you listen to The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared again? Why?

    It frequently brought a smile to my face


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Alan.....The 100 year old man


    What does Peter Kenny bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Good comic timing.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    You Gotta have Fate!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ewa
    Dublin, Ireland
    7/10/13
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    "Absolutely fantastic"
    If you could sum up The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared in three words, what would they be?

    I love the book, made me laugh and reflect and gave me an overview of last 100 years! excellent fiction book with a great sense of humor!


    What other book might you compare The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared to, and why?

    I haven't ready anything alike before!


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    When Alan steals the suitcase, takes the bus and meets looks for help at the abandoned train station.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I enjoyed the most scenes from history with well known characters and the accidental murders of the two gangsters.


    Any additional comments?

    I've listed to the book in the car every morning and in every moment I could. I would be immediately in a great mood after listening for 15-30 min. It would make me relax as well. Great book! Might listen again!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Edward
    Kent, United Kingdom
    7/8/13
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    "An eventful 100 years!"

    I usually steer clear of books that have become this popular, but I like the title so much I thought I'd give it a go, and I'm glad I did! The Scandinavians surely have a unique view of life, and the journey Alan takes and his experiences with other cultures bears this out in all it's humor.
    I'm still not sure about the narrator and his delivery style, I can't work out if it's genius or daft! I suppose it comes down to personal taste, but I feel it was a little too simplistic.
    Overall a very enjoyable story that kept me interested and entertained and intrigued to find out what happens to Alan next!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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